OWERRI—IMPORTERS in the South-East and South-South geographical zones of the country have been warned against under declaration of goods, importation of hard drugs, arms and ammunition, concealment and other unwholesome trade related malpractices.
This warning was given by the Federal Operations Unit Zone C Customs Command, Comptroller Mohammed Biu when the South East and South South Amalgamated Traders Association, SEMATA, visited the him in Owerri, yesterday.
Comptroller Biu advised the traders to ensure proper documentation and assured the association that importers who are engaged in legitimate trade should not entertain any fear provided they did not bring contraband goods into the country.
He warned that the zone would not condone any act of sabotage from any importer or clearing agents as he will deal ruthlessly with anyone who circumvents the Federal Government economic fiscal policy.
The president of SEAMATA, Chief Dr. Okwudili, however, pledged that his members would comply with the laid down Federal Government economic fiscal policy and also promised to cooperate with the new comptroller on this onerous duty of fighting importation of contraband goods intothe country.